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Bizarre Chase: Driver Stops, Huffs Gas, Arrested

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Panorama City -- It was the saddest of scenes: A father in tears as he watched his son being handcuffed and carted away.

It was the heartbreaking conclusion of a not-your- everyday garden variety type police pursuit, which ended in the Panorama City area.

The LAPD says it started because 22-year-old Jorge Sanchez wouldn't stop his car and get out of it when ordered to by officers. Police had watched him inhale balloons filled with what appeared to be nitrous oxide inside. His father, Juan, later confirmed his son was a user.

The slow-speed pursuit lasted 10 or 15 minutes. And because police believed he was under the influence, they tossed a spike strip under his tires and brought him to a stop. He still wouldn't get out of the car though.

At one moment, Sanchez dropped his keys on the floor of the car and that's when officers moved in with their batons, smashing the windows in the car and pulling Sanchez out. The whole time his dad, who lives with his son, watched.

Juan Sanchez told me that Jorge had a brother who died four years ago of a cocaine overdose. He couldn't stand watching his other son have problems with drugs. In fact, he told me he had been sober for 13 years so he could care for his kids. The whole situation, he said, "wasn't fair. It's not fair."

The tears falling heavily as he talked about his son whom, he says, has never been in trouble before.

Police say he's in trouble now.






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